By Sue Bull CANBERRA — Throughout the ACT election campaign, the local Liberals have been trying to distance themselves from the Howard government. They've promised not to sack any more ACT employees and to use the $5 million of unspent
By Russell Pickering CANBERRA — The Democratic Socialists are the only progressive party contesting the ACT election who will be recommending where their supporters direct their preferences. Sue Bull, Democratic Socialist candidate for Molonglo,
SYDNEY — Barbara Wright, president of the NSW Medical Consumers Association and a retired nurse, is picketing Liverpool Hospital every weekday from 8.30 to 9.30am. Wright is suffering serious spinal problems and needs urgent surgery. Her bowel,
Democratic Socialists: time to put the unions on a war footing "Corporate Australia sniffs a decisive victory at Webb Dock", Dick Nichols, the Democratic Socialist Party's industrial convenor said last weekend. "That's why the union movement has to
By Chris Slee and Stan Thompson Managers in the Individual Non-Business Taxes (INB) section of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have announced that they will not go ahead with plans for compulsory redundancies. The plans have been hanging over
'I can't turn away' By Bill Mason On February 11, Brisbane activists heard MUA Southern Queensland branch organiser Jeff Langdon speak at the Resistance Centre on the union's strategy in its dispute with the National Farmers Federation. The
IWD forums debate feminist issues In preparation for International Women's Day, forums on issues confronting women have been held in Perth and Adelaide. In Perth, Shannon Buckley writes, approximately 30 women and men participated in a one-day
Sydney action to defend abortion rights An emergency meeting of abortion rights campaigners in Sydney on February 14 decided to organise an action to protest against the charges laid in WA. The action will be held on Friday, February 20, at 5.30pm.
CFMEU wins WorkCover top-up deal By Michael Bull MELBOURNE — The Master Builders Association (MBA) last week agreed to union demands for workers' compensation top-up insurance to cover the state government cuts to WorkCover. Construction
By Mary Day WOLLONGONG — Residents of Wollongong are gearing up for another development fight, this time against the "spot" rezoning of a residential area to permit a 12-storey hotel/serviced apartment complex on the Cliff Road foreshore. Several
By Shannon Buckley and Angela Luvera PERTH — On February 10, Dr Victor Chan and his anaesthetist, Dr Hoh Peng Lee, were charged for performing an abortion nearly two years ago. This is the first time in 30 years that such charges have been laid
By John McGill Employees of Australia Post (AP) have been bombarded with management deregulation propaganda since mid-1997. Information bulletins have been preparing staff for a management sell-out. All bulletins emphasise that privatisation is not